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Peter Gabriel: Scratch My Back

2010 2 disc audio CD release

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When Bad Things Happen To Great Music

  • Aug 27, 2010
WARNING: May cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Scratch Your Back may affect you!

If Peter Gabriel were a lesser talent, I would have never endured Scratch My Back all the way through until I lost count at approximately twenty times or so. For the life of me it is impossible to see the point of transforming and reinterpreting a uniformly brilliant sampling of Gabriel's favorite artists into well over an hour of somnolent mush.

It could be that I'm out of synch with the "artiste" and I just don't get it - but with the exception of Paul Simon's Boy in the Bubble every song involved could be syndicated for elevator duty or run on endless loop during an 800-number customer-service interstitial. It's so sad when bad things happen to great music.

An easy pass.

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September 05, 2010
Ouch! Sounds like a positively dreadful experience. Remind me to avoid this one.
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Peter Gabriel s Scratch My Back album project is the first part of a series of song
exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each other s songs.
To help craft his recording of the album s eclectic array of cult favorites and classic
tracks, Gabriel enlisted former Durutti Column member John Metcalfe, composer,
arranger and the expertise of producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd s The Wall , Lou
Reed s Berlin ) and engineer, mixer and producer Tchad Blake (Suzanne Vega,
Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits).
Gabriel describes this as a very personal record with twelve songs performed only
with orchestral instruments and voice. He made the choice not to include guitar or
drums. The album s richly diverse sounds include the sparse romance of Lou Reed s
The Power of the Heart , the powerful musical journey of David Bowie s Heroes
and an epic arrangement of Arcade Fire s My Body Is A Cage. Gabriel and his
collaborators recorded the album at George Martin s Air Lyndhurst Studios and the
Real World Temple with further editing and mixing at his own Real Worlds Studio in
Wiltshire. The Scratch My Back release is one of the most creative and engaging
records from an iconic artist in a long time. The marketing focus is to penetrate
Peter Gabriel s core fan base as well as fans of all genres and in all demographics
given the scope of artists being covered as well as its depth of ...
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Label: EMI
Genre: Classic Rock
Release Date: March 2, 2010

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